NCLC in the News

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Press Releases

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National Consumer Law Center Sues U.S. Education Department to Obtain Copy of Student Loan Servicing Contract

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 18, 2019 National Consumer Law Center contact: Jan Kruse (jkruse@nclc.org) or (617) 542-8010 Boston - The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) filed a federal lawsuit late yesterday against the U.S. Department of Education (ED), asking the court to compel the Department to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted by NCLC on [...]

National Consumer Law Center Sues U.S. Education Department to Obtain Copy of Student Loan Servicing Contract2019-04-18T09:24:46-05:00

NCLC Attorney Margot Saunders to Testify at U.S. Senate Hearing on Stopping Illegal Robocalls on April 11; Will Urge FCC to Strengthen Key Federal Privacy Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 11, 2019 National Consumer Law Center Contact: Jan Kruse (jkruse@nclc.org or (617) 542-8010 NCLC Attorney Margot Saunders to Testify at U.S. Senate Hearing on Stopping Illegal Robocalls on April 11; Will Urge FCC to Strengthen Key Federal Privacy Law Robocalls increase 370% since Dec. 2015 with 5.2 billion robocalls in March [...]

NCLC Attorney Margot Saunders to Testify at U.S. Senate Hearing on Stopping Illegal Robocalls on April 11; Will Urge FCC to Strengthen Key Federal Privacy Law2019-04-11T09:14:27-05:00

New Tax-Time Report: The Return of the Interest-Bearing Refund Anticipation Loan and other Perils Faced by Consumers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 3, 2019 National Consumer Law Center contact: Jan Kruse (jkruse@nclc.org) or (617) 542-8010 Download the full report at: http://bit.ly/2TSpEGK Boston - Tax time, typically a time for a substantial influx of funds for American consumers in the form of their refunds, was transformed into a time of uncertainty and drastic change [...]

New Tax-Time Report: The Return of the Interest-Bearing Refund Anticipation Loan and other Perils Faced by Consumers2019-04-17T15:38:23-05:00

No Fooling! New Prepaid, Payroll, and Government Benefit Card Protections Take Effect April 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 28, 2019 National Consumer Law Center contacts: Lauren Saunders (lsaunders@nclc.org) or (202) 595-7845; Jan Kruse (jkruse@nclc.org) or (617) 542-8010 Download issue briefs summarizing protections for prepaid cards and accounts, payroll cards, and government benefit prepaid cards at https://www.nclc.org/issues/prepaid-debit-cards.html. (WASHINGTON) A new rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) goes [...]

No Fooling! New Prepaid, Payroll, and Government Benefit Card Protections Take Effect April 12019-04-01T10:22:01-05:00

Statement of National Consumer Law Center Staff Attorney Olivia Wein Regarding FCC Proposal to Cap Critical Universal Service Fund Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 28, 2019 National Consumer Law Center contacts: Olivia Wein (owein@nclc.org) or Jan Kruse (jkruse@nclc.org) or (617) 542-8010 (Washington) The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed to cap the Universal Service Fund programs, which provide essential funding for affordable telecommunications services for low-income households and supports affordable broadband in rural areas, and [...]

Statement of National Consumer Law Center Staff Attorney Olivia Wein Regarding FCC Proposal to Cap Critical Universal Service Fund Programs2019-03-28T10:32:53-05:00

New Report Documents Growing Problem of Consumer Abuses Perpetuated by Companies Profiting from Mass Incarceration

National Consumer Law Center Recommends Reforms to Mitigate Harms to Families by Private Corporations Administering Our Criminal Legal System For Immediate Release: March 20, 2019 National Consumer Law Center contact: Jan Kruse, jkruse@nclc.org or (617) 542-8010 Download the full report, including an analysis of harms, a sector-by-sector overview, graphic on the Private Criminal Legal System Cycle, and complete list [...]

New Report Documents Growing Problem of Consumer Abuses Perpetuated by Companies Profiting from Mass Incarceration2019-03-28T08:21:36-05:00

President’s Proposed Budget: Poor Vision for Low-Income and Older Consumers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 18, 2019 National Consumer Law Center contact: Jan Kruse (jkruse@nclc.org) or (617) 542-8010 Trump calls for elimination of Legal Services Corp and home energy assistance; supports cuts and changes to weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Social Safety Net for Older Adults Washington – President Trump’s proposed budget  once again seeks to eliminate funding for [...]

President’s Proposed Budget: Poor Vision for Low-Income and Older Consumers2019-03-18T15:39:58-05:00

New Report Examines the Benefits and Potential Risks of Fintech Products for Consumers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 11, 2019 National Consumer Law Center contact: Jan Kruse (jkruse@nclc.org) or (617) 542-8010 National Consumer Law Center Urges Regulators and Policymakers to Maintain Consumer Protections and Proceed with Caution Download the report at: http://bit.ly/2Tx9BmG Washington – The use of technology in financial products and services (fintech) is resulting in a wide [...]

New Report Examines the Benefits and Potential Risks of Fintech Products for Consumers2019-03-11T11:19:39-05:00

New Report Tackles Energy System Inequities, Opportunities During the Clean Energy Transition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 5, 2019 National Consumer Law Center:  John Howat (jhowat@nclc.org); Stephen Rouzer (srouzer@nclc.org) or (202) 595-7847 Despite using the least energy, households with the least means are shouldering the greatest energy burdens WASHINGTON ― A new report, “Reversing Energy Systems Inequity: Urgency and Opportunity During the Clean Energy Transition,” examines fundamental inequities [...]

New Report Tackles Energy System Inequities, Opportunities During the Clean Energy Transition2019-03-05T15:58:06-05:00

Advocates Applaud CFPB’s Intention to Deal with PACE Loan Program Abuses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 4, 2019 National Consumer Law Center:  Stephen Rouzer (srouzer@nclc.org) or (202) 595-7847 Consumer Advocates Urge Strong Consumer Protections for Borrowers of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Loans WASHINGTON-- Today, advocates at the National Consumer Law Center applauded the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for taking its first step in initiating a rulemaking to [...]

Advocates Applaud CFPB’s Intention to Deal with PACE Loan Program Abuses2019-03-04T15:16:21-05:00